Saturday, April 27, 2013

Smiles

* Do the happy dance with me. I've got my second time honorable mention badge from CASology.




Hello friends there,
Happy Friday!
 
 
Yesterday night, I made a super(x100) simple card for the week #41 challenge over at CASology. They have a cue word for GIGGLE. 
 
 
 
For the giggled or smiling lips, I used one of brushing images from PTI's watercolor wonder stamp set and inked up with Hero Art's neon pink. Some of you may notice that the stamp set has no image of that kinds and the trick was... using the back side of the stamp in order to get a perfect lip shape. It looks like our smiling lips, doesn't it? hehe :D!
 
For the eyes, I thought of "emoticon" like this (> .<) that seemed to possibly express wrinkled eyes when we giggled. My original idea went with using "arrow" images if I had but I couldn't find any of them in my stacks. So I had to change the direction and found the alternate which was the letter "V" and "I" from K&Company Amy Butler's clear Alphabet stamp. 
 
To finish off the card, I put some sequins on the lips. I felt the card would be too simple without having some sequins on the lips. (Or am I obssesed with an idea that I have to use sequins to all the cards I will make?)    
 
 


 
 
  Hope you have smiles all day long as my card suggested!
 
Sophia.
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, April 22, 2013

You color my world!

*Thanks so much for CASE Study team and the muse JJ,
this card was chosen as Top 3!

Hi all,  
 
Popping in to share a card I made for the challenge from CASE Study.
This week we have a sample card from "super amazing talented" JJ Bolton.
 
 
JJ designed this card as an interactive one, the circle with the planet image was going to be filled with colorful springkles when you shook the card.
See the picture below. 
 
(photo credit Ribbon girls
 
 
 I employed color scheme(pink-yellow-green-sky blue), circle, black and white, sentiment and fun effect from her sample card :D!  
Let's see how those elements turned out in my card.  
 
  
 
 


I am also entering this card to the challenge #24 over at CAS(E) this sketch.

 


Thanks for dropping by my blog.
Hope you enjoy your time to Casing JJ. 
 
Sophia.
 
 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

CAS 40, Holiday

 
This card I created for the challenge "word" over at CASology more focused on the word itself. 
 
 
 
 
 For the card, I began to cut out the letter "holiday" from a Kraft cardstock using PTI's wonderful words: holiday collection. My original idea went with using the cut-out image but I changed my mind to create something with the negative side in order to highlight the word "holiday" itself.
 
I trimmed the negative side into a panel, punched each corner, and looked at it whether it's OK enough to emphasize the word. I felt I should add something. It was not bad but looked too simple and boring. So the kraft panel should go through my Big Shot with PTI's impression plate (This is a double-sided /canvas-linen/ embossing steel plate and I think I used linen side). Then I rubbed the entire kraft panel with Vintage Cream and Fresh Snow ink pads from PTI.
I finally satisfied with the result after having done all the steps above.
 
What do you think? This might be our (crafter's) on going dilemma, to add something more or to stop somewhere in the process of creating works?
How can you find your optimal medium?    
 
 

The next step was adhering the panel to a kraft base. For this, I placed a green patterned paper between a kraft panel and the kraft base.
 Then, I used foam tape and this was "the" job that tested my ability to endure. Foam tapes should be cut out to fit exactly into cut-out letters of the negative side and it needed a delicate job. I decidied not to do this work again next time, (but who knows? :D) 
 
As the last step to finish off the card, I put a leaf decoration on the dot in the letter "i." I fortunately kept the decoration from last year's Christmas cake. 
 
 
Hope you enjoy my card.
I love to hear your opinion about optimal medium in crafting.              


Sophia.  
 
 
 


CAS week 40: "word" from Bible

Hello friends again,
 
It's Wednesday night and I came up with two cards I made for this week's challenge over at CASology. The cue card they suggest for this week is...
 

 
The cue "word" directly linked me to the word from Bible. And this Bible passage 1 Peter 5:7 is one of my all time favorites.
 

 
 
Cast all your cares upon him,
For he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
 
 * I am entering this card to the challenge #76 over at Word Art Wednesday.

 
Thanks for having some time to visit my blog. I appreciate your comments.
 
Sophia

You make my world that much brighter. Thank you.

Happy Wednesday, my crafty friends.
 
 
I have a quick card to share with today.
 
 
I have struggled to make my card sparkle since the mission from the CAS-ual Fridays for this week was all about glitter. I was thinking of using glitters, glittered letters, glittered chipboard, and so on...there are so many possibilities to get a glittered effect using glitters but the problem I have is no time to play with glitters. 
 
You probably know what I mean by it. For me "glitters" are equal word to "messy" in my craft dictionary. I cannot spend extra time for cleaning up all those scattered glitters after my project done. Also it's not easy to get rid of all tiny little things. It would stay and stick to the craft mat for a while and it is affecting my next CAS project. = .=
 
 

So I took a simple way by using Cleasnap's Smooch pearlized accent inks. 

 


    
Mine is not in the picture above. I got the one from Michaels when it was price down after Christmas season. It has four Christmas colors, Siren/Green Apple/Moonlight/Gold Lame.
 
And here is how my choice of sparkle turned out.
 

For my card,
I picked Gold Lame to cover almost entire space of the textured white base. I chose a textured white cardstock as a base because I expected it would look like a canvas after I colored it with the Smooch Gold Lame. What's it like for you? Just a gold color? :D
Then I added some yellow copic marker(forgot the exact number) over the Gold Lame.
 

 
While let the base card dry up, I stamped PTI's brush image on the plain white paper and colored it with some copic markers. I used the Smooch's Gold Lame ink again on the tips of each brush and cut the image out and place it on the base with foam tapes. You could see the brush image was a little up from the base and had some dimensions. Then I stamped the sentiment twice and it's a simply you stamp from Technique Tuesday.       
  


 
That's all for today. Hope you enjoy your day.
Thanks for dropping by my blog.
 

Sophia.



Saturday, April 6, 2013

Rising Up

 
 
Here is my last card to go with the CASology challenge, Up.
 
 

 
 
 
 
Our greatest glory is not in never failing...
but is rising up every time we fail.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Hope anyone who visits my blog and happens to go through difficulties and despairs in their lives
get encouraged with the messege. I believe that you will rise up again.
 
Sophia.  
 


CAS 38: lift me up!

 
This is my second entry to the week 38 challenge over at CASology.
 
 
If you follow me through my first challenge entry,
you would know where these sketches came from.
 

 
 
The sketch was a little bit complicated but the card I ended up was simple.
 



 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Enjoy Sunday.
 
Sophia.

Cheers me up

*This card I made for the CASology week 38 challenge: up was honorably mentioned by Maureen. Thanks for choosing my card.



Happy Saturday my blog friends!
 
 
*Before I go into my cards, I would like to say thank you all for your wonderful and warm comments on my winning over at Moxie Fab world's negative challenge.
(If you haven't seen my winning card yet, please click Moxie Fab or want to see more pictures visit here; when betterfly flaps its wings.)
 
 
I have a few cards to share. 
Using a cue word UP to make a card has been at the back of my mind for this week.
 
 
Yet this week was crazy, terribly busy, my schedule did not allow me to save time to craft. So I tried to make some idea sketches to be ready for creating a card whenever I would get a craft time in. These sketches I am going to show you were made while I was on the train to NY. You could see the sketch was on a random paper/envelope I pulled out from my bag and it did mean that I had a very strong craving for the cardmaking during this week hehe! :D
 

 
 
The left sketch turned out...
 



 
 
I am entering this card to the CASology week 38 challenge: UP.
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
 
Sophia.